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Campus Technology Announces 2015 Innovators Award Honorees

VIENNA, VA., June 9, 2015 -- Campus Technology has officially announced the recipients of its 2015 Innovators Awards. After a nomination process that brought in submissions from all over the world, 12 honorees were selected in five categories.

The Campus Technology Innovators Awards annually recognize the exemplary colleges and universities, along with their visionary project leadership and technology vendor partners, that have used technology in innovative ways to solve campus challenges.

"From out-of-the-box learning spaces and cutting-edge tech to unique apps and invaluable tools for teaching, learning and administration, these Innovators illustrate the many wonderful ways that technology can enhance higher education. Congratulations to all of this year's awardees," said Rhea Kelly, executive editor, Campus Technology.

The 2015 Campus Technology Innovators:

Administrative Systems

Wright State University

  • Project: Strategic Information and Business Intelligence
  • Project Lead: Sasanka Prabhala, executive director for strategic information and business intelligence
  • Vendors/technologies: IBM

IT Infrastructure and Systems

Austin Community College

  • Project: Highland Campus ACCelerator
  • Project Lead: Richard Rhodes, president
  • Vendors/technologies: Comtarsia, Dell, McGraw-Hill Education, Smart Technologies, VMware

Indiana University

  • Project: One.IU (OneCampus)
  • Project Lead: Eric Westfall, enterprise software architect
  • Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house, rSmart

Penn State University

  • Project: One Button Studio
  • Project Lead: Justin Miller, project manager
  • Vendors/technologies: Apple, Canon, Blackmagic Design, Griffin Technology, Indigo Domotics, Insteon, Reflecmedia

Student Systems and Services

Ball State University

  • Project: Ball State Achievements
  • Project Lead: Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
  • Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

  • Project: Pre-registration Tutorial
  • Project Leads: Yona Jean-Pierre, director of faculty innovations in teaching and learning, and Melinda Parham, assistant dean for first-year students & academic initiatives
  • Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house

South Mountain Community College

  • Project: Learner Support System
  • Project Lead: Dawn Thacker, faculty
  • Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house

Teaching and Learning

University of Notre Dame

  • Project: E-Portfolios With Evidenced-Based Badges
  • Project Lead: G. Alex Ambrose, associate professor of the practice and associate director of e-portfolio assessment
  • Vendors/technologies: Credly, Digication

University of San Diego

  • Project: World Interactive Study Environment
  • Project Leads: Avi Badwal, senior director, ERP technologies, and Christopher Wessells, vice provost and CIO
  • Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house

Jackson State University

  • Project: CyberLearning@JSU
  • Project Lead: Robert Blaine, special assistant to the provost for CyberLearning
  • Vendors/technologies: Apple, Words and Numbers

Education Futurists

Ball State University

  • Project: The Traveler
  • Project Lead: Kyle Parker, senior software engineer for developing technologies
  • Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house

Georgia State University

  • Project: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment (CURVE)
  • Project Lead: Bryan Sinclair, associate dean, University Library
  • Vendors/technologies: Apple, CineMassive Displays, Dell, Nvidia

This year's honorees will be recognized with a special feature in the July print issue of Campus Technology and at an awards ceremony at the Campus Technology 2015 conference at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, July 27-30. The winners will also receive in-depth coverage on the Campus Technology website.

For more information on the awards, visit the Campus Technology Innovators website:

About Campus Technology
Campus Technology is one of higher education's top information sources —delivering valuable information via a digital magazine, website, newsletters, webcasts and online tools. It's the go-to resource for campus professionals, providing in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation. We provide valuable how-to content, best practices, industry trends, expert advice and insightful articles to help administrators, campus executives, technologists and educators plan, develop and successfully launch effective IT initiatives.

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Posted on June 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM